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Life Issues, Medical Choices: Questions and Answers for Catholics Paperback – September 15, 2007
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About the Author
DR. CHRISTOPHER KACZOR holds a PH.D. from the University of Notre Dame, studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne in Germany, and is the Robert H. Taylor Chair in Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He wrote Proportionalism and the Natural Law Tradition, The Edge of Life: Human Dignity and Contemporary Bioethics and How to Stay Catholic in College.
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The book comprises such topics as reproductive technologies and beginning- and end-of-life issues. Each section consists of 7 to 14 questions and in-depth answers. A final chapter relates the Ten Commandments to ethics for medical professionals and suggests ways they can be applied to challenging situations. Extensive chapter resource lists and notes round out the book.
Throughout their work, the authors draw attention to connections between the topics and the relationship of all to the larger question of life issues and medical choices. In the section on fundamentals, for example, they provide a four-page explanation of the concept of "double effect," a method for analyzing actions that have two or more morally significant effects. Double effect comes up again under beginning-of-life issues (treatment of ectopic pregnancies) and cooperation with evil (separating conjoined twins).
With its clear and thorough treatment of more than 50 specific questions, this work is a valuable resource for medical professionals, ministers, and families.
In the first chapter, the groundwork is laid for what will follow in the subsequent sections of the book by examining fundamental concepts. The value of life, the double effect principle, and the notion of intrinsically evil actions are set forth in view of their utility in arriving at ethical judgments. A welcome question on suffering also is included. As seen in the title, the authors directed their work to a primarily Catholic audience and this explains the reason for development of the binding nature of Magisterial teaching along with Revelation and natural law reasoning. Apart from this specific concern, the book just as well could have been presented without reference to any particular religion.Read more ›
The chapters are divided into logical topics, including the fundamental principles of bioethics, abortion, reproductive technologies, birth control, end-of-life issues, and cooperation with evil. The articulate discussion about double effect is very helpful in determining the best course of action in challenging ethical questions. Three key considerations about abortion are presented: is an embryo a human being? Do embryos have rights? What about the right to free choice? The authors present a definition of an embryo in one of the most complete discourses available from modern science, and touch on the timely topic of fetal pain.
Intriguing questions receive full consideration from these authors, who have made significant contributions to the field of bioethics throughout their lives. Some examples are: whether a baby can be conceived to provide for the medical needs of an existing child, or whether sex selection is valid. In the area of contraception, thoughtful consideration is given to the effects of our contraceptive culture.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very written for the lay person. It backs the Catholic Church's teaching with Scripture, and covers choices from conception til death.Published on July 24, 2013 by J. Elizalde
I used this as a class text with students who found the explanations clear, readable and helpful in examining the spectrum of issues we can face from the beginning to the end of... Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I bought this for my daughter who is young and married.It is great work because it is in line with Christian teaching.Published on June 20, 2013 by michael abdollahzadeh
Very helpful! This book provides a well rounded view on moral issues in the medical field. If you have any questions, this may help.Published on December 24, 2012 by chofgod_18